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A board that old, I think all three are built into the kernel, most drivers are not external, some are provided by manufacturers.... but very very few.
What are the three actual components, that board had a long run, Asus might have swapped some chipsets around for the built in optional peripheral stuff. If you already installed, "/sbin/lspci" and post what you've got.
first and for most the board is not old it is a new version actually thats why i cant find any driver from RH8 CD. am i going to ask someone here if the RH has already a driver for this. and does RH instalation process would ask if i do have the driver if the RH already have the driver for this board..
That might cover the sound card, RealTek ALC650, probably will cover the RealTek 8201 NIC that's onboard, but definately will cover the video card and might have added support for the oddities of nForce chipset.
Aight, I made a couple mistakes in this thread and wanted to apologize. First off, the reason I called this thing old was the Asus numbering convention, 266 almost always equals KT266 chipsets, or early XP based boards, I should have looked first.
Then when I did look, I looked at the Asus US page and confused the A7N266-VM with your board, the a7s266-vm, becuase I went to my Asus bookmark page at the US Asus page and guess what? Your board's not there, but one letter off was... so I assumed that you had typoed.
What you have, by what I can sort off of the Asus page:
An SIS onboard graphics controller... they don't have a chipset model number... I have no idea.
A Cmedia audio chip: 9738, and I had to poke at their windows downloads to sort that one out... I'll poke around for drivers on this on, its kinda next-gen and the last normal kernel support was for the 8738... module cmpci.o
NIC: "SiS 961B integrated 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet with Realtek external PHY", What the heck? The 961 is their bridge... not too weird, but a realtek external PHY? That could be something as simple as an RTL 8139 or something new and exotic, but again its probably supported, its just a matter of Asus not telling very much on their page... which sucks, because the Asus US page is usually much more forthcoming about chipset names, the Global page is a little more Mickey Mouse.
Again, if you haven't installed already, I recommend trying out something like Knoppix to get a handle on whether everything is already in kernel or not, and if Knoppix horks on any of the 3 items... the output of /sbin/lspci is something I can get www.google.com/linux to sink its teeth into.
Originally posted by finegan NIC: "SiS 961B integrated 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet with Realtek external PHY", What the heck? The 961 is their bridge... not too weird, but a realtek external PHY? That could be something as simple as an RTL 8139 or something new and exotic...
The PHY (pronounced with a soft f: f-eye in case anyone cared) is just the end part that the cable goes into and the controller chipset is what you match a driver to. (OK so it's more complicated than that but for simplicity, the PHY doesn't matter it's the controlling chipset who's drivers work with whatever PHY they attach to it.) If the 961 is the bridge then that's probably just some marketing schmuck's screw up in posting the info.
As for what chip it uses, unless someone with the same mobo has gotten the LOM to work (more industry acronyms, Lan on Motherboard) and can post with what driver they used you could try looking at the actual motherboard. There is usually a chip next to the network plug with a brand name like realtek or whatever and hopefully numbers that will help ID what it is. Or you could try to dump PCI info (cat /proc/pci) and ID it from there or just start modprobing drivers till one works
Distribution: Slackware!! Is There Anything Else??
This A7S266 Story Is Not over Yet
I still can't get this Mb to Work, I'm using Slackware 9, and It's the very same history, no sound, no LAN, but there's something else to add I got a 2nd Ethernet Card a 3Com 3c905b-tx there's a driver for this card, but someway it's not working. 'ifconfig' reports something like this 'the device is busy'.
I've haven't probed my Hardware because I'm using it right now with Windows and that means it works(I think)
Google on 'a7s266 SiS video' showed up a number of hits suggesting the video chip is SiS 740. I would be surprised if this is not supported, as my ASUS A7S333 (SiS 745) worked with Mandrake 9.1 straight out of the box. Well, sort of... The only problem I had was getting it to boot successfully after the installation completed successfully. This problem was caused by having APIC enabled in the BIOS. The fix was to add 'noapic' to the 'append =' line in Lilo (or the 'kernel =' line in Grub). After that, all was sweet: video, sound and lan.
this sounds like the same MB that sony is using it has a SiS 640_750 video driver under windows. the sound was a sis 7012 the sony board also has a fire wire port which caused problems with the on board nic.